“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands;” Psalm 31:14-15
November 1st, known as All Saints Day in church tradition represents a day to honor the saints, keeping their stories alive. I believe the New Testament says that we are all “saints” when we come to know Jesus Christ (i.e. Philippians 1:1). The “real time” stories in the Sacred Story collection celebrate the journey of the saints and God’s faithfulness in every situation and circumstance.
I have held this date near and dear to my heart since the birth of Sacred Story about four years ago. The website went “live” on November 1st. We didn’t plan it to be that day; it just “happened” to work out as the web designer and I hammered out the details. I remember being amazed once again at God’s strength which reveals that He holds timing in His hand.
An update gathering was held the following year on November 1st as a way to say “thank you, Lord” for all that you are doing through Sacred Story. I was telling someone in early October that God seems to do milestones for the ministry on Nov. 1st when I decided to go visit the retreat center for our first retreat on that day. [By the way, if you haven’t looked into it, consider joining in the retreat adventure. No doubt you will draw strength for this chapter of your story!]
You can imagine my surprise and delight when I asked the agent I’ve been working with about the date he is looking at presenting my proposal for the stories to be published in a book. Without knowing my personal history with Nov. 1st, the agent emailed and said he wanted to present on November 1st, All Saints Day! Tears rolled down my cheeks as I received his email, realizing the Lord’s strength to bring about His special touches.
We will wait several weeks for an answer from the publishers who received the proposal on Nov. 1st. Ask the Lord with me for multiple publishers to be interested and for there to be a passion to see these stories land in the hands of those who may not know the Lord or who are seeking to pursue a life of faith.
I want to encourage you as my sacred sister to seek God’s strength as you pursue a dream, goal or project. When there seems to be delay after delay (there were multiple delays and dead ends for me), keep in mind His strength will prevail. The delays may reveal God’s opportunity to knock your socks off through the timing. Take it to heart: God will complete the good work He began in you (Phil 1:6) and part of doing so is knowing Him better through the waiting and working process.
Please continue to pray for the story collection to grow and for God to prosper women’s souls. I can’t wait to see how He continues to write this story.